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3:14 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

New Music Monday: Autumn's Multi-Colored Music

The next edition of New Music Monday  features multi-colored music ideal for the multi-colored season of Autumn were in the midst of.

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Jazz on Film
3:16 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Taking a Bite Out of Crime Jazz: "Anatomy of a Murder"

Jazz has found its way into Hollywood films since the early days of cinema. Big band and swing arrangements fit perfectly with the popularity of musicals, large productions and glamour that were ever-present in the films of the 1930s and 40s. However, by the time the 1950s rolled around a different kind of jazz was capturing the imagination in the country. The popularity of Bebop and Hard Bop and the birth of Cool and West Coast jazz gave filmmakers a totally different set of musical colors and textures to evoke a sense of cool, of grit, and even at times a sense of menace.

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Book Review
2:24 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Johnson Makes Blues Guitar History

With the book The Original Guitar Hero and the Power of Music: the Legendary Lonnie Johnson, Music, and Civil Rights, Dean Alger promotes legendary status for an early twentieth century New Orleans-born musician. Lonnie Johnson played multiple string instruments--guitar, 12-string guitar, violin, banjo, and mandolin. The story is of a serious under-recognized artist who reached the top of his profession in a steady ascent while recording and performing with blues and jazz artists, including Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington.

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Eats & Beats
2:05 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

North Denver's fish farm: Colorado Aquaponics

Credit www.coloradoaquaponics.com

That tasty tilapia plate before you might have come from a fishery tucked away right in north Denver's Elyria-Swansea neighborhood (once considered a "food desert").  Tawnya Sawyer is director of Education for Colorado Aquaponics at the Grow Haus, 4751 York Street, Denver CO 80216.  She visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to describe their operation.

"It's the combination of growing fish in a recirculating system, and putting water to work (growing plants)," explained Sawyer.  "We get the best of both."

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Eats & Beats
12:24 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Denver's Westwood: solutions to the 'food desert'

After seven years of organizing and getting their fingers in the dirt (literally), West Denver's Re:Vision won a $1.2 million performance-based loan from Denver's Office of Economic Development.  Executive Director of Re:Vision Eric Kornacki visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to describe how the grant will help them expand local, healthy food choices for the Westwood neighborhood of 6,000+ households, considered a "food desert."

"There are no grocery stores or corner stores or physical access points where somebody can buy affordable, healthy food," said Kornacki.

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